In this 16th edition of the Padres EVT Podcast we talk to Tim Hagerty, the El Paso Chihuahuas play by play announcer. He has worked for the Padres since 2005 when Tim first started calling games for the teams Double-A Mobile Bears team.
From there he moved on to Tucson and Portland before settling in El Paso and their state of the art new stadium. We discussed the new stadium and how it has revitalized the downtown El Paso area. During spring training we all got a glimpse of the stadium when the Padres took on the Chihuahuas. There will surely be baseball games in El Paso for year and years.
Tim talks to us about his book “Root for the team” in which he wrote about minor league team names and the stories behind them. The book is a great glimpse into the history of the game. From his work writing the book, Tim was asked to contribute to the Sporting News. He provides some very interesting tales of baseballs history for the publication. Tim tells us a few of his favorite old stories and you will definitely want to check it out.
During his time in El Paso Tim has had the opportunity to interview and talk to A.J. Preller and we ask him his impression of the young G.M. We also discuss Austin Hedges and his future with the team. Tim has had the opportunity to see Hedges on a daily basis and has some interesting comments about the young backstop.
In his work with the Padres, Tim had the opportunity to meet Jerry Coleman. He tells us about his brief time with him and shares a story of how Coleman sat down and shared a moment with him. Hearing young broadcasters speak so highly of Coleman is nothing new. He was a true gentleman and will always be missed by Padres fans.
We wish to thank Tim for taking some time to speak with us. It is great to get his view of the team. He has had an extensive look at several current Padres and listening to his take gives us a better idea of who these players really are. Enjoy the podcast and like always let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.